ELLSWORTH — Former gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler did not appear in court. However, Cutler’s defense attorney Walter McKee made a request on his client’s behalf to amend certain restrictions.
Cutler, who was charged with possession of sexually explicit materials of a minor under the age of 12, waived his right to appear in Tuesday’s hearing at Hancock County Superior Court.
McKee argued that Cutler should be granted monitored internet access.
“It’s been difficult as you might expect. Specific to the motion its difficult to live without access to the internet,” McKee said after the hearing.
McKee said Cutler requires internet access for basic daily needs such as banking.
Judge Robert Murray granted the request for Cutler to have internet access on one smart phone and one computer.
“Importantly, it will all be monitored so there shouldn’t be any concern whatsoever going forward,” McKee said.
The two devices will be monitored by third-party software and send an automatic alert if Cutler views or downloads sexually explicit material.
The prosecution took no position regarding the request, but said if Cutler were to stray from legitimate purposes, the state would take swift action to revoke his bail.
“The investigation thus far has revealed what appears to be a long standing of untreated and severe addiction to child pornography,” said Toff Toffolon, Deputy District Attorney of Hancock County.
According to the court affidavit, Cutler was said to have had compact flash cards containing thousands of videos of very young children being sexually abused.
A dispositional conference is scheduled for July 21.